Archive of ‘Eat & Drink’ category

Cheesy Spinach + Chicken Sliders

chicken sliders for a partyWhat is it about the Academy Awards that get me dreaming up delicious party food and festive drinks? I’ve circled February 22nd on my calendar (with a gold pen of course) and plan to serve these flavorful and Cheesy Spinach + Chicken Sliders.

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Tea Party Ideas + Scone Recipe

Tea Party Ideas from Thoughtfully SimpleAre you hooked on Downton Abbey like I am? I confess to catching on late and then bin-watching season after season (there could be worse things to binge on, right?). As the finale of season 5 is approaching (it’s Feb 22!) it’s time to start thinking about hosting a finale party. Because, why not? If you’re a fan of the show, it’s a must. If you’re not into the show, you can find any reason to gather the ladies in your life for a little tea … I’m sure of it.

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Entertaining Simplified :: Pizza and Beer

Entertaining Simplified :: Pizza and Beer

It’s no secret that I love to entertain … but that I also love to keep things simple. The most memorable part hosting friends or family is the company…not the two hours you spent in the kitchen (am I right?). One of my secrets to stress-free entertaining is to order in for part of the meal. Maybe it’s the main course, or perhaps a store bought dessert –pick one part of your meal and agree not to make it yourself.

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Sip It :: Rosemary Lemon Sparkler

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We spent the past weekend up in a cabin (in an effort to find some post-holiday downtime and just chill) which resulted in several amazing things: long hikes, snow sledding, making our own dreamcatchers (check them out on Instagram here!), and the development of a wonderful new cocktail.

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I was tempted to call it the “Cabin Cocktail” but that really only means something to me. It would make no sense to you. So, let’s call it what it is —a Rosemary Lemon Sparkler.

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Serve It :: Drunken Caprese Appetizer

It’s the New Year and while I am definitely eating healthier, I am not one for sacrificing delicious flavor. One of my favorite appetizers to serve (and eat!) is caprese … in any form. Salad, pasta, on a sandwich, or simply stacked on a skewer. It really doesn’t matter I want to eat it all. In this recipe I ditched the mozzarella but I got the tomatoes drunk. I say that’s about even, wouldn’t you?

Drunken Caprese Appetizer

The first step is to place your cherry tomatoes into a small bowl of red wine. Any red wine you may have leftover will work great. Make sure they are at least 1/2 way covered and let them soak for about an hour (stir them at about the 30 minute mark). After your tomatoes have taken their lovely wine bath, remove them from the bowl and place them on a paper towel. Next, all you have to do is skewer your tomatoes and fresh basil —it’s that simple.

Simple Caprese Appetizer

If you really want a treat, go ahead and add in a chunk of mozzarella. I won’t tell anyone.

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Sip It :: Mini Holiday Martini

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I love a good holiday themed martini. I also love serving mini martinis at cocktail and holiday parties. Here’s why: you can create a fun signature martini and even you non-martini-lovin’ guests will happily take a glass and enjoy. It’s a nice and festive 2-3 sips without the commitment of a full martini (for the record, gal doesn’t mind this form of commitment… just sayin’).

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I adapted the cranberry and rosemary cocktail recipe I shared a while back to be served in these adorable mini martini glasses. Aren’t they cute?

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